ACA Finally Releases BPL Paper for Comment

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This is from the Australian Citizens Radio Emergency Monitors (A C R E M) web site

ACA Discussion Paper for Public Comment
29th April 2005 - the Australian Communications Authority (ACA) has released the long awaited request for public comment on BPL. Below is the original e-mail received from the ACA together with the link to the ACA web page containing the discussion paper.

We would urge EVERYONE to download and read the discussion paper and make a submission before the closing date on 24th June 2005.


The Australian Communications Authority (ACA) has called for public comment on possible ways to manage interference from Broadband over Power Line (BPL) communications.

BPL communications is an emerging technology that uses electricity networks to transmit data, voice and video.

The challenge for the ACA is to establish arrangements that did not unnecessarily inhibit BPL deployments and protected radio communications services from unacceptable interference.

The paper contains a range of options that could be used to manage interference from BPL systems and will assist interested parties prepare their submissions.

Using the electricity network to carry BPL signals will result in leakage of radio frequency emission into the surrounding environment. This could interfere with radio communications services.

Interference could potentially affect defence operations, shortwave broadcasting, maritime and aeronautical communications, radio astronomy, amateur radio and numerous short range applications

Submissions and comments on the options in the discussion paper would assist the ACA to develop arrangements to manage interference from BPL communications systems.

A copy of the discussion paper can be found on the ACA website:

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Reply By: kimprado - Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 09:56

Wednesday, May 04, 2005 at 09:56
Hi John,

Had a look at the link and must say the technical jargon was a bit over powering.
I've spoken to a number of organisations in Australia regarding BPL. Their view is it won't be successful with current technology (don't know if this is wishful thinking). I also had a look a various trails overseas which didn't appear to be successful. However, it is interesting to note that certain areas within Europe are using BPL.


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